Posture is a big topic, and as kids grow they need more attention from their parents on the importance of developing good posture habits. According to some experts, as much as 80% of all chronic back problems stem from poor posture. In order to combat the prevalence of poor postures, it is important for parents to help their children develop healthy habits early on in life!
Posture and balance are necessary for children to grow up healthy. A child’s brain is still developing and it needs the right amount of head space to grow properly. Poor posture can lead to headaches, fatigue, neck, shoulder, arm pain, back and leg pains, bad balance, core weakness and coordination development issues.
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A child’s physical development is crucial to their mental development as well. When a child has poor posture or balance, they are less coordinated which can lead to difficulties in schoolwork.
Poor Posture Causes
Poor posture and balance can be caused by a number of things and usually, there is more than one contributing factor. Some of the common causes of poor posture and balance are:
-An injury or illness
-A lack of exercise or exercise that has been done incorrectly
-Prolonged periods of abnormal posture (looking down or leaning forward)
Poor posture or balance can cause some serious health problems for children. If they sit too long with bad posture in front of the TV or computer screen it could lead to back problems later on in life. They may also find it more difficult to participate in sports because of their lack of mobility which can affect their muscles and bones growth negatively over time. A lack of exercise can also cause weight gain which will give them a higher chance of having heart disease or diabetes in the future when they get older.
Injury and Illness
Conditions like torticollis (stiff neck) knock kneed, bow legged often develop very early. Before there could be any blame assigned to bad habits.
Torticollis is a medical condition in which an infant’s neck turns to one side. It usually occurs in children who are between the age of six months and three years old. Torticollis can be caused by many things such as muscle spasms, infections, and even tumors. The most common cause of torticollis is an injury to the neck or irritation of the nerves that control movement of the head and neck (called nerve impingement). Even when the source of injury may not be obvious.
The child's head tilts toward one shoulder because of a abnormal neck muscle tension. A person with torticollis may also display signs that they are not feeling well such as: trouble eating, difficulty swallowing (dysphagia), difficulty with speech (dysarthria), difficulty breathing (dyspnea), difficulty chewing (trouble masticating) and drooling.
Torticollis is easy to identify in infants because it causes them to cry and they can’t rotate their head. The most common sign is when the head tilts to one side, but some babies may also turn their head to avoid pain (not always due to torticollis).
Children who are bowlegged may be more likely to be knocked off balance and can have more difficulty with activities like running and jumping.
A child may be born with bowed or knock-kneed legs (also called “bowlegs”) or develop this condition over time. Bowlegs in children can also lead to other orthopedic and musculoskeletal problems.
There are two types of bowlegs: congenital and acquired. Congenital bowlegs is a condition where infants show a bent shape to their legs from birth, while acquired bowlegs develops later in life due to abnormal stress on joints, muscles and nerves.
Differential diagnosis can be done by measuring the distance between the knees when standing and comparing it with the distance when sitting down to see if there is an increase - if so, this suggests that there might be an underlying neuromuscular (nerve and muscle) stress.
Posture Equals Alignment Balance and Coordination
A Certified Upper Cervical Chiropractor can spend as much time on postgraduate certification as a pediatrician spends in all of medical school. And that whole time is spent studying Alignment Balance and Coordination, the amazing feedback systems between the joints, muscles, nerves, and the control centers in the brain. More specifically, how to rehabilitate alignment, balance and coordination without drugs, surgery or even the twisting and cracking most people think of when they search for chiropractor near me. Instead precision pulses of pressure are applied at key feedback points in the joints and muscles to help stimulate the alignment balance and coordination centers in the brain.
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As mentioned earlier conventional treatments mostly rely on bracing and occasionally surgery.
But I often work with the children who those options did not work for. No doctor can promise the outcome of any procedure. And not every patient is a good candidate. But if we find a neuromuscular imbalance that responds to our treatment, we can accept the case.